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Gheorghe ZagorodniiDear friends,
Welcome to the official web page of Cahul’s Festivals. Our small resort town is located in the South of Moldova. It is a town inhabited by kind, merry, hospitable people speaking many languages. They cultivate wheat and grapes, build houses and roads, teach children and run businesses. Regardless of the work they do, all of them are love their hometown and its multinational culture. That is why the town has become a real capital of the festival movement of Moldova. The Faces of Friends Musical Festival, the “Nufarul Alb” and “Bobocelul” Folk Music Festivals are unique pearls of our culture. Visit our town and you will love it just like we do!

Gheorghe Zagorodnii, Mayor of Cahul

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Independence Plaza
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About Cahul
Yesterday, today, tomorrow...

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Where the old Tighina Forests end and the Bugeac Steppe begins, where the Proute River flows its waters to the great Danube, a marvelous corner of Moldovan land lies on two hills - the beautiful city of Cahul. If we imaginably page up the files of history of this region, we can’t help surprising the abundance of historic events, which have taken place here for centuries. The history of this location dates back to the old ancient times. The Cahul land saw the defeat of the hordes led by Persian King Darius in the 5th century A.D., when he tried to conquer the left bank of the Danube. Here Kiev ruler Svyatoslav had passed marched to the former Byzantine Empire. This land remembers the clinging of swords of Stefan the Great and Ioan Voda the Terrible who defended the freedom of the Moldovan people against the claims of the Ottoman Empire.

Long ago, a village named Scheia was built near the clean and picturesque river Frumoasa (Beautiful), a tributary to the Proute. The first mention about this location is contained in a disposition of Stefan the Great from July 2, 1502 when he acquired and gave this settlement to the Putna Monastery in the Bucovina region.

On growing up, the villages near Scheia have formed together a location that took the name of the river they lied by. Already in the 18th century, in 1716, when then ruling Prince Dimitrie Cantemir drew the map of Moldova, the location was indicated as Formoza (lat.).

Namely here, not far from the river Cahul, the Russian army under Field Marshall Peter Rumyantsev beat on July 7 and 21, 1770 the five-times larger Turkish forces of Janichars.

This heroic victory was put into verses by the great genius of Russian literature – A. S. Pushkin, who had visited the place of Cahul battle while on a diplomatic mission in Bessarabia in 1821. His deep impressions from the learning of the events and stories told by eyewitnesses found reflections in a very known poem about those days:

Sacred are you, Iron of Cahul,
For the Russian, friend of the glory -
You fell, bursting in blood and fire,
Among victorious flags
Laying down the heroes of the North.

A monument was erected on the place of those events – a column capped by a cross, the symbol of victory.

In the memory of those battles, Russian Czar Nikolas I ordered the upgrading of Cahul to a town in 1835.

Many personalities of culture have visited Cahul in different times. The amazing lifestyle and the nature surrounding this location have left deep signs in their lives. They shared their impressions in the works that appeared later.

Bogdan Petricescu HasdeuIn 1857-1858, the classic of Moldovan literature, a great historian, linguist and archaeologist of his times – Bogdan Petricescu Hasdeu – worked in the building that hosted the Cahul county courtroom. He immortalized the events he witnessed in his book «Ioan Voda the Terrible», and in his tales. One of the tales is titled «A Travel To Cahul».

A visible path Cahul left in the creation of Ukrainian writer M.M. Kotsyubinsky.

The rich Moldovan folklore, which was picked – according to a story – in the steppe near Cahul, was skillfully used by Russian writer M.A. Gorky in his books «Makar Chudra », «The Old Woman Izergyl», «A Girl and Death ».

The land of Cahul was visited by known Bulgarian poet Christo Botev, Russian scientist V.V. Dokuchayev, writer N.G. Garin-Mikhailovich and many others, whose works may be used to tell the history of our beloved city.

The city has become the cradle for many remarkable personalities, whose names are well known both in our country and outside its boundaries. The writers: Alexandru Lipcan, Gheorghe Voda, Andrei Ciurunga; scientists: Ivan Osadcenko, Pavel Dimitriu, Evgheni Gribenikov; artists: opera singer Svetlana Strezeva, singers Maria Carabas, Ioana Capraru, dancers Spiridon Mocanu, Ion Furnica, Gheorghii Fortu, musicians Nicolae Botgros, Serghei Covalenco and many others who were born in these places regard Cahul as their small motherland.

People of different ethnic origin always were present on this land. Moldovans, Russians, Ukrainians, Gagauzians, Bulgarians, Jews, Czechs, Romas – they all have grown roots in this soil. They all lived friendly and understandingly together. The order “Friendship of Peoples” which the city has been awarded is an appreciation of the past and a hope for a peaceful coexistence in the future.

CathedralAmong the monuments of architecture that have been preserved in Cahul, there is the Cathedral of St. Apostles Michael and Gavreel, which was built in 1850, according to the archives. However, books and religious manuscripts of this church exist since 1817.

Today Cahul is the largest center in southern Moldova, running numerous industries, cultural venues, trading centers, residential areas, and new transportation thoroughfares.

The city particularly operates a bakery, a diary and a winery. The light industry is represented by the joint stock company Tricon and by the Moldovan-Italian firm Laboratorio Tessile Mol. These businesses manufacture texture and knitwear of high quality. Products of these businesses are exported to such countries as Austria, Italy, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.

SanatoriumThe sanatorium “Nufarul Alb” (White Water Lily) is a special pride of the Cahul residents. It is a modern facility for health recovery, which operates a resort clinic, a hotel complex, a catering center and cultural and entertainment venues. The sanatorium has gained a wide popularity both inside and far outside the country.

Cahul is a city of the youths and students; it has two universities, three colleges, four lycees, ten general schools, two vocational schools, and nine kindergartens.

Wide are open for Cahul residents the doors of a modern sports compound, five municipal libraries, a palace of culture, a center for culture and rest, a museum of history of the land, a musical and drama theater named after B.P.Hasdeu.
Cahul is a city of optimists. No hardship of our difficult times would take away the love of Cahul people for a heart-tearing song, for a burning dance and for good music. The talent of enthusiasts from our city gave birth and made traditional the international festivals «Nufarul Alb», «Bobocel» and «Faces of Friends».

Cahul is a city of students and poets, builders and painters, wine makers and vine growers, dancers, musicians and singers. A genuine land of love!

We still feel tremendous by reading the words of great poet Alexandru Hasdeu:

I believe that love for my heartiest memories
Will build, will strengthen and make nicer our Cahul!